Mazda3 has been named the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year.

The decision was arrived at by 41 jury members from 34 different countries across five continents.

Mazda’s General Manager Corporate Communications, Ayumu Doi, said he was ‘delighted’ with the award.

“This model is resonating with a broader range of people than ever before and Mazda aims to make a special bond with customers by offering products, technologies and services that appeal to more people,” he said.

Accepting the award on behalf of Mazda in Dubai was Dr Axel Dreyer, CEO of Galadari Auto, Mazda Distributors for the United Arab Emirates. 

Winners in other categories are:

  • Urban Car Award: Kia XCeed
  • Family Car Award: Mazda3
  • Green Car Award: Kia Soul EV
  • Luxury Car Award: BMW 8 Series
  • Performance Car Award: Porsche 911
  • SUV Award: Range Rover Evoque
Citroen’s Linda Jackson

Two other awards from Women’s World Car of the Year were announced at the Dubai International Motor Show:

Holly Reich Dream Car Award went to the Porsche Taycan.

This award is named in honour of a jury member from New York who passed away in 2016.

Judges were asked to name the car they would love to have. 

The Woman of Worth Award was introduced in 2018. 

Finalists in this category were racing driver and television presenter, the late Jessi Combs; Mary Barra (CEO & Chairman of General Motors) and Linda Jackson (CEO) of Citroën. 

The award has gone to Citroën’s Linda Jackson. 

The Women’s World Car of the Year awards date back to 2010.

They are the only car awards in the world that are voted on entirely by women motoring journalists.

The 41-member selection panel comes from from 34 different countries and has a collective audience of 268 million worldwide.  

  • Last year’s overall winner was the Volvo XC40
  • The first winner was the Jaguar XF in 2010
  • Holly Reich Dream Car Award was initiated in 2017
  • Woman of Worth Award was introduced in 2018
  • Judges must have driven the car they vote for

Women’s World Car of the Year 2019 Finalists:

FAMILYMazda 3Toyota CorollaBMW 3 Series
URBANKia XCeedRenault ClioSkoda Scala
GREENKia Soul EVAudi e-tron QuattroTesla Model 3
LUXURYBMW 8 SeriesPorsche Cayenne CoupeBMW X7
PERFORMANCEPorsche 911Mercedes AMG A35/45Toyota GR Supra
SUV/CROSSOVERRange Rover EvoqueCitroën C5 AircrossLexus UX

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Mazda3 the one for women -- it's official!


Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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